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Living For God Is Easy!

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Living For God Is Easy!

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

 IF GOD SAYS IT’S EASY… IT’S EASY! 

What Kind Of Idiot Made You Believe That It’s Hard To Live For God?

 

 First Of All, When You Live For God There’s…

  • No Addictions
  • No Hangovers
  • No Maternity Tests Needed
  • No Social Diseases
  • No Fear Of The Police Arresting You
  • No Police Record
  • No Secrets To Keep
  • No Fear Of Drug Testing
  • No Longer Victimized By Satan

 

You’ll Never Have To Hold Up A Cardboard Sign And Beg…

(The righteous has never been forsaken nor his seed ever begged for bread.)

Psalms 37:25

 

You’ll Have Better Health Care.

(The Great Physician will take care of your every need.)

Exodus 15:27

 

You’ll Never Make Mistakes In Your Life Choices If He Guides You And Directs Your Path.

Proverbs 3:6

 

You’ll Never Have To Fight Your Own Battles.

(God says the battle is His.)

1 Samuel 17:47

 

He Will Supply All Your Needs.

Philippians 4:19

 

He Specializes In Solving The Impossible For You.

Mark 10:27

 

He Gives You An Unbelievably Peaceful Life.

(It passes understanding.)

Philippians 4:7

 

He Will Protect You From Danger And Poison.

Mark 16:18

 

He Is Available To Help You Twenty-Four-Seven.

Hebrews 13:5

 

He Will Comfort You Like No Other.

John 14:26

 

He Will Completely Satisfy You.

Psalms 65:4

 

He’ll Give You Joy Like You’ve Never Known.

Psalms 16:11

 

All He Asks For In Payment… Is Your Thanks!

 

LEARN THIS!

Satan doesn’t LOVE you.

  • He DESIRES you.
  • He’ll sift you as wheat.
  • Luke 22:31

God LOVES you!

  • John 3:16

 

Who Wouldn’t Want To Live For God?

 Living for God Is A Blessing Every Day.

Psalms 68:19

  • He Puts Food On Your Table.
  • He Puts Clothes On Your Back.
  • He Pays Your Bills.
  • He Puts Gas In Your Car.
  • He Helps You All Day Long

 

You Will Never Have To Waste Money Again On…

  • Cigarettes Or Tobacco Of Any Kind
  • Makeup
  • Jewelry
  • Cable TV
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

 

Those Who Say It’s Hard To Live For God, Are Still Trying To Hang On To The World.

That’s Why They Say It’s Hard.

 

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 

Those Who Are Living For God With All Their Heart Join Me In Saying…

Living For God Is Easy!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 30, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Posted in Christian Living

What’s Your Defense?

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What’s Your Defense?

 

 

 Eph. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph. 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph. 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph. 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Offense Is A Good Defense

 George Washington, in 1799: “ . . . offensive operations, often times, is the surest, if not the only (in some cases) means of defence”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moses Defense

Moses Chose Not To Identify As An Egyptian, But Rather As An Israelite.

Heb. 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

Heb. 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

 

 

The Joseph Defense

Joseph Chose To Say No To Temptation, And Leave.

 Gen. 39:12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

 

 

The Daniel Defense

Daniel Chose Not To Defile Himself.

Dan. 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

 

 

The James Defense

James Chose To Submit Himself To God, Then Resist Everything The Devil Presented To Him.

 Jas. 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

 

The Paul Defense

Paul Chose To Always Be Ready And To Be Prepared.

 Philippians 1:17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

 

 

The Peter Defense

Peter Chose To Stay Alert And Never Take His Eyes Off Of His Adversary.

1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

 

The Hannah Defense

Hannah Chose To Travail Before The Lord Until She Got Her Answer.

1 Samuel 1:15  And Hannah answered and said, … I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have … poured out my soul before the LORD.

 

 

The Syrophenician Woman’s Defense

She Chose To Be Humble And Not Defensive In The Face Of Prejudice.

 Mark 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.

 

 

The Shunamite Defense

She Chose To Make A Place In Her Home For God And God’s Man, Then Believe That God Would Not Fail Her.

2 Kings 4:26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.

 

 

The Job Defense

Job Chose To Never Stop Praying And Worshipping In Spite Of His Circumstances.

Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

 

 

No One Will Survive In This Spiritual Warfare Without A Good Defense!

 So… What’s Your Defense?

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Posted in Christian Living

The First Sin

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The First Sin

 

The first sin was never forgiven.

It couldn’t be forgiven.

No repentance was ever made for the first sin.

The sinner was banished to eternity in hell.

 

Lucifer’s Sin Was Pride.

  • There was no forgiveness available.
  • He had sinned in Eternity.
  • There could be no forgiveness in Eternity.
  • No one had ever apologized in eternity before.
  • No one had ever repented to God before.
  • Forgiveness would only be found in the period known as Time.
  • Mercy and Forgiveness were only introduced in Time.

 

The shedding of a lamb’s blood only brought about temporary forgiveness.

Calvary’s Lamb brought about permanent forgiveness of sin.

When Lucifer sinned in Eternity, he sinned without the hope of mercy and forgiveness.

  • His sin wasn’t murder.
  • His sin wasn’t immorality.
  • He didn’t do physical harm to another angel.

 

His Sin Was His Own Lofty Opinion Of Himself

  • His sin was pride.
  • His sin was the first sin.
  • His sin caused him to be banished forever.

 

Pride Is The Reason There Is A Hell.

God Has A Serious Problem With Pride.

 

He will not tolerate anyone bragging on themselves in His presence.

1 Cor. 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

 

Lucifer’s Heart Was Lifted Up.

Eze. 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

 

Pride Made Lucifer say, “I Will”…

Isa. 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa. 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa. 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

 Ten Of God’s Reactions To Pride:

 

1.   God Will Go To War Against Pride.

He Hates It That Much.

Jas. 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

  • “Resisteth…” God prepares to war against the proud.
  • God never said that about any other sin, only pride.

 

2.    God Has Zero Tolerance For A Proud Heart

Psa. 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

 

3.  The First Mentioned Of The Six Things God Hates

Prov. 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

Prov. 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Prov. 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Prov. 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 

4.  Pride Is An Abomination, And Will Be Punished.

Prov. 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

 

5.  God Calls Pride, a Sin.

Prov. 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

 

6.  Proud People Are Trouble Makers.

Prov. 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

 

7.  God Warns Us: “Be Not Proud!”

Jer. 13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.

 

8.  Pride Is A Sin Very Evident In The End-time.

Rom. 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

 

9.  Those Who Teach False Doctrine Have Pride.

 

1 Tim. 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

1 Tim. 6:4  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

1 Tim. 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

 

10.  Pride Will Destroy You.

Prov. 16:18  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

 

 

 

King Nebuchadnezzar… Ruled The Then Known World

Dan. 5:20  But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:

 

Pride Hardened His Mind

Somehow… God flipped a switch in his mind and before the day was over, he was on his knees in the pasture. He ate grass like a cow and liked it. He lived like an animal, without any ability to communicate with humans. His body was naked and his fingernails looked like bird claws.

Dan. 4:32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

Dan. 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

 

The Antidote For The Church Today.

2 Chron. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

 Mottos To Live By:

Matt. 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

 

1 Pet. 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

 

Prov. 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

 

Prov. 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

 

Do Not Let Pride Destroy What God Has Called You To Do!

Don’t Let The First Sin Become Your Last Sin.

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 24, 2019 at 8:38 pm

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What Type Of Spiritual Leader Are You?

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Guest Blog By Ramona Yandris

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My Sister, Ramona Yandris is married to Bishop Nathan Yandris. They have served for many years at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church, Tracy, CA. She has served a lifetime as a gifted Speaker, Musician, Singer, and Music Director. May her words be a blessing to you!

 

 

What Type Of Spiritual Leader Are You?

This is in no way meant to reference any one person… this is just the musings and thoughts while studying God’s Word.

Great Spiritual Leadership has always caused a great and notable outcome!  It is getting harder to find Spiritual leaders that rise up in this day and age and lead with no guile. (Hear me out before you judge) But when they do… The Miraculous happens!  In this day, when pulpit ministry looks so glamorous….when crowds follow speakers to every conference to “hear” a sermon… then we raise up a “glorified speaker!”

If that same speaker… builds a church… rolls up his sleeves… also puts his shoulder to the wheel, outreaches his own community, tends to his own flock tirelessly, prays for the sick, gives to the poor, lifts a hand to the down and out, builds faith and instills Gods Word in his congregation and actually “Leads” then he raises up ministers and workers in the “Harvest” under him who also will replicate his work!

 

We learn so much from each leader…

  • Some are called to evangelize…
  • Some are called to be Apostles…
  • Some are called to Pastor…
  • Some are called as Prophets…
  • Some are called to teach…

Then there are secondary leaders, those who are called to “help.” Someone who feels supporting the ministry they were called into as essential in upholding the arms of God’s man!  They defend Him. They take the load off of him. They love him for what he is and are loyal to the cause, seeking nothing in return!  This is a rare gem in ministry to find such a secondary leader as most only want advancement and the ultimate spotlight. Although most are called to advance further, it is refreshing and a blessing to see someone understand and walk in this secondary leadership role hand in hand with God’s appointed leader.

Sadly, in this day we rely on a vote for a man (most times it is necessary) and have gotten away from a man who was so in tune with the Holy Ghost that he could say with power and knowledge,  “God has called me to ???,” and then wade through many adversities until a monument for Christ is built to Glorify God and win the lost! My proverbial hat is off to church builders who work it from the ground up. They literally give everything to the Kingdom of God.  The next man stepping in reaps the rewards with no labor… seems not fair… right?

I began to think what story certain leaders in the Bible left us with that revealed traits like character, strength, honor, dishonor, compassion, True Agape love, dishonest, Loyal/disloyal, offended, cruel, harsh, gentle, Anointed, prayerful, righteous, lovers of God more than lovers of self, and steadfast. I ask myself, “How do so many with these obvious human flaws get used by God?”  See, we humans think “YOU” (we don’t include ourselves in that exclusion)  have to be perfect before we can be “used.” There are so many places God can use us all!  We just have to first know and always remind ourselves that “Kingdom First” should be our motto.

If someone sings better than you, don’t attack them and use jealous tactics to get the part you crave.  Be a team member in ministry!

Be the first to give up your seat at the piano/organ/bass/guitar/drums/bongos/tambourine/etc.  if someone else can more skillfully bring others to worship. Yes, there is a place for us all but none of us own our positions. We should all ultimately be on the “Kingdom Team” and want God Glorified!

 

He literally can use ANYBODY!  It just takes a WILLING and Anointed VESSEL!

So, in each church leadership, you might recognize some of the following traits in these biblical examples. See where you fit in or where you recognize the reference.

Let us also not be so quick to point our finger at the reference of others. There are always at least a few fingers pointing back at us. That is humbling!

Here goes…

 

The Elijah Leader!!!!

1 Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

Some are like Elijah. They operate in hopelessness. They think they are doing it all alone. They whine and gripe that they do it alone. They simply do not know how to delegate and use others. Sometimes God has to remind them that He has many more doing the same thing!  We are not in this alone! We need and use each other to advance not our Kingdom but rather God’s Kingdom!

 

The Jezebel (wannabe) Leader

Jezebel. This spirit wants to control everything and everyone!  It can be male or female.

Every spirit of control in the church that does not line up with the pulpit, the man of God and God’s Word is OUT OF ORDER!  You are an accident waiting to happen!  You cannot muzzle the Ox (referring to the pastor), nor can you insert your control over the man of God and the departments of the church!  God will see to it that you and your household will come to ruin.  You simply have the wrong spirit and outlook on God’s man and His Work!  If you don’t love the man of God (your pastor), then how can you say you love God? Don’t worry though pastor… God’s got this. You just keep right on working for the Kingdom.  The Jezebels will fall by the wayside and the church will roll right on!

 

The Jonah Leader!

Jonah leaders run from responsibilities. Oh, how easy this temptation is for humanity.  Like the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”  In this day of ease, most don’t stick it out.  They crash and burn at the first sight of trouble! Their blinders have been removed and they get overwhelmed at the very thought of the “work set before them!” They forgot that God promised that His Grace was sufficient for EVERY need!  He gives us sometimes (as the song used to say).

“Just enough to take me through one more mile.

Just enough to dry my eyes a little while

When I get home…

I won’t need it.

But as I travel, this weary land

He always gives me

Just enough Grace to stand!”

If God calls you into a difficult ministry or position!  Stay the course.  Don’t quit or defect EVERY-TIME  you think someone is talking about you, or you have adversity.

If God calls you TO it,

He will bring you THROUGH it!

Stay the course and quit being a QUITTER!

 

The Moses Leader!!!!

Moses let anger lead.  So many events happen in our lives as ministry that brings us to anger. Yet, the scripture says “Let he who rules WELL be worthy of DOUBLE Honor!”  The decisions a pastor makes has to be from a clear head.  We may have our own personal opinions about someone but remember the person you are angry at is STILL a child of God and your outburst of anger can not only cause defeat in your flock but can also keep you from where God actually intended for you to attain to in your own promised land!  If people disappoint us and walk away, let them go.  Let them go!  Let them go!  Not everybody fits our unique circle or within the personality of a church.  Don’t assault them with unkind and angry words.  We bless them and pray God’s best for their life.  It doesn’t mean you have to have contact. In fact, it’s best to not. What’s the point? It keeps your anger and bitterness at Bay. So, allow people to go and flourish elsewhere.  God always sends a replacement usually sooner than later who will be faithful.

 

The Saul Leader!

Saul tried to destroy other anointed leaders. This is one of the most commonly used tactics among ministry today.  If someone is offended at you for ANY reason, the petty flesh tries to tear down a person’s reputation. If they can destroy you among the brethren then you just might quit coming around.  If you will quit coming around then they can remain “King of the Roost!”  This type of man (or woman) is definitely not Kingdom minded and seeks only to elevate themselves! They also promote their flock to honor only them and have “preacher worship” mentality. A premiere flock (and a tribute to the former pastor) is one who stays and is loyal to the Kingdom in spite of XYZ!  Love and honor your pastor (this is Biblical), but don’t have preacher worship!  Have God worship!  He shares His Glory with NO ONE!

 

The Judas Leader!!!

Judas… untrustworthy! Reveals secrets to wound another to gain power. Will sell you out for advancement or validation! This takes the life out of so many of us. It is a trick of the enemy to cause offense! Yet in the end, the person you are really hurting is yourself!  God will fight the Battle of those wronged!  He keeps excellent records and you will be judged by your words and your deeds!  Keep your tongue in check!  If you are a friend to the ministry, be confidential!  You are there to support not tear down! If you are a minister and friends with another minister and you have information that tears down the other person… don’t go sell those secrets to the highest bidder. Shut your mouth and pray for your friend!  Go to them and in the spirit of love and unity reason with them regarding the error of their ways. Only then have you done what the Scriptures say to do!

Just for the record, the scripture says to “Mark them that cause division among you AND avoid them”. Nowhere does it say if a brother/sister is in error or taken in a fault to mark them and avoid them!  Yet, sadly that is what we do and we wonder why the person finally goes to another group… well it just may not be because they WANT an easier way… it just might mean they were treated so unjustly and unscriptural that in their mind, they had no way out.  Let’s love people back into our fold… My goodness!  Aren’t we tired of the “exit?”  It’s not all standard reasons folks…a lot of it is simply offense gone wrong!

 

The Enoch Leader!

Enoch… had a prayer life unrivaled!

The ministry friends that I have had in this day and age that greatly affected my life are the ministers that had an obvious powerful prayer life.  One in particular who was my pastor for a short season was Bro. Verbal Bean… Do you want a demonstration of the Holy Ghost like he had?  Get a prayer life like he had!  I can name so many men and women of God that has become an icon, not because of their gifting but rather because of their anointing resulting from their prayer life!  If you want to be caught up in the Heavens like Enoch, then DAILY walk with God!  Don’t leave it to “after service” prayer, but find your own space, your own room, no matter how “Big” you become. Keep that prayer life consistent. You don’t need to “tell” anyone “while I was in prayer today.” Your actions and unction will tell on you!

 

The Esau Leader!

Esau will sell out cheaply for an easier way. You don’t prepare for the task ahead?  You don’t value what you have been given?  You take it for granted? Your decisions are based on fleshly desires?  Then yes, we have another Esau in our hands.  One who will abandon what God meant for him because he wanted to quickly satisfy his flesh!  These people will sell out to the first person that will advance them… make their life easier and not make them accountable.  This simply speaks for itself!  No more words needed here!

 

The John the Revelator Leader!

John The Revelator works even though abandoned and wounded. Tortured for Christ sake and sent to die alone. This man of God decided I will leave a mark in this world for the sake of the Kingdom. God trusted him that He gave him visions and placed him in a solitary place where his mind and writings were solely devoted to what God gave him. “They” meant it for evil, but God meant it for GOOD!

The struggles and the trials you go through as ministry may not be to destroy you but rather to save the lost coming up behind you. God has a purpose and a plan.  If you truly mean for Him to use you, don’t get upset when things go bad.  When you can’t see the way, when you can’t figure out the why,  just trust Him! We may not understand it until we reach the other side.  When you are sold out, you are there to the bitter end.

We better toughen up!  As the “Day” approaches we are all going to be that much more offended, hurt, rejected, wounded, talked about, mistreated, persecuted. Instead of giving up… Take up YOUR CROSS, take up a pen… write encouraging words to yourself and to others!  Be strong and faint not!

 

The Peter Leader!

Peter let fear rule his actions

Yes, he was so afraid of Jesus going to the cross that he cut a man’s ear off… (yet he was bold enough to do that). He was so afraid of being found out that he was a disciple that he cursed and lied to prove he was “not of His!” He was so afraid that he never showed up at the cross!

When you are so sensitive that when things do not go your way or turn out like you would like them to, when the dream you had is shattered and fear grips you… affecting your words… your actions… your loyalty… (all of this was nothing more than a lack of faith) yet through all this foolishness… Jesus had great faith in Peter!  So many times, Jesus had to emphasise a point to Peter. ”Peter, do you love me?”  I often wondered why this line of questioning until you look at the overall high/low passion of Peter.  Jesus knew he operated out of passion.  Anger/Fear falls under that category.  Yet, emotional people can sometimes be the worst friends and worst leaders!  They always feel someone is talking about them. They are fatalistic in their words and kill hope and faith every time you converse with them. They are Spiritually Bi-polar!  You are exhausted when you leave their presence.  But Jesus knew one thing… if He could “channel” the passion Peter had in the right way, then there would be no stopping him.

  • Knowing that Peter denied Him.
  • Knowing that Peter disassociated himself from Him.
  • Knowing that Peter was angry.
  • Knowing that Peter was offended.
  • Knowing that the Disciples were offended at Peter.

Yet, when Jesus arose from the tomb he left a “young man, clothed in white” with a special message to the Disciples AND to PETER!  See at this point Peter had angered and offended himself (in his own mind) right out of the ministry. Yet Jesus, knowing Peters temperament left an angel to speak to him….to make this reference so the Disciples would accept him back….made special mention to the emotional future powerhouse in Mark16:7….”Go tell the disciples AND PETER that He (Jesus) goeth before you into Galilee”

That was a potential fatal flaw in Peter.  Anger and Fear can destroy a ministry… a marriage… a job… if you are in any ministry you MUST keep your emotions in check!  Peter was so overwhelmed at Jesus’s tolerance and forgiveness that he was humbled and became a Holy Ghost powerhouse for the Kingdom.

 

The John the Beloved Leader!

John stayed at the cross even though he could have been arrested.  Real leaders walk with you through the fire if you will allow them to! Before Jesus bowed His head and died He looked at His mother and said of John “Woman Behold your son!”  Take a look at someone who is sold out and will stay with you even though the odds are stacked against you!

He was one of the first to reach the tomb after Jesus arose.

John 19:26-27

John 20:1-10

Follows Jesus even though the other disciples questioned his involvement…

John 21:20-23

He was one of the 7 fishermen that fished all night when it looked hopeless… yet his persistence paid off when Jesus showed up!

John 21:1-25

Even though the other disciples cut him out of written involvement… he still kept ministering!

No wonder he was the “Beloved” of Jesus!  He exemplified more fruit of the Spirit than all of them put together!  He was completely “Christlike!

Maybe jealously caused him to be shut out!

So, whatever Style of Leadership you are given to,  make sure it lines up with advancing the Kingdom of God!  Don’t allow the flesh to rule spiritual things!

Please above all rule in love.  Don’t Lord over God’s heritage, nor be a Pharisee!  Be humble in spirit and in deed and let God be Glorified in all that we do!  If you have no ability to bind people together in love and in unity, you may merely have a desire, not a calling.

 

This is the Will of God!

 

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm

The Reason I’m Not Your Friend Anymore.

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The Reason I’m Not Your Friend Anymore.

 

It’s not because you’ve not been nice to me. Over the years you have been very friendly and treated me with kindness. You’re likable, but you have pushed me to the point I had to “Unfriend” you on Facebook. After I thought about that for a moment, I just went ahead and blocked you completely. Then, I unfollowed you on Instagram.

If it had been just a slight, a misunderstanding, or a difference of opinion, this would have never happened. We could have apologized and forgiven each other and gone forward. But not this time. This time it’s different. You’ve put me in this position. I had no choice.

If our paths ever cross, I can’t ever again say, “God bless you.” I once loved you, but now I am not allowed to even pray for you.

I really don’t owe you an explanation. If I were to even give you one, it would not be received well and would only make you defend yourself further. And, that’s part of the problem.

 

You see…

 

You’ve left your first love.

You’ve walked away from the Apostolic Doctrine of Acts 2:38.

You’ve lost your revelation of Holiness.

You’ve re-evaluated all of your standards and discarded them all.

You’ve turned your back on the revelation of One God.

You’ve turned your back on your revelation Jesus Name Baptism

You’ve lost your respect for your pastor. The one who first preached the truth to you.

Now, you refer to him as “That old one God preacher.”

Now, you are having people from the church over to your house to try and proselyte them.

Now you text and call your old church friends and talk against everything you’ve been taught.

 

If I Had Kept You As A Friend, I Would Have Been In Direct Disobedience To Scripture!

2 John 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2 John 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

2 John 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

 

 I Am Not Even Allowed To Go To McDonalds With You.

1 Cor. 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

 

 The Bible Cautioned Me About Even Talking To You.

Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Col. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily

 

You Have Departed From The Faith

Your Conscience Is Seared

You Now Believe Doctrines Of Devils

1 Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

1 Tim. 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron

 

God Has Turned You Over To A Reprobate Mind

Rom. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient

 

God Has Allowed You To Be Filled With A Strong Delusion

2 Thess. 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 2 Thess. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2 Thess. 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness

 

 The Bible Says For Me To Back Away From You

2 Tim. 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

2 Tim. 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away

 

Because I love truth, I can’t be your friend anymore.

There will be no recovery for you.

When God turns you over, there is no restoration possible.

 

God wouldn’t let Samuel pray for Saul because he had crossed the line.

I won’t pray for you either.

 

I am disappointed in you.

What happened to you?

You know too much to go to hell.

 

It saddens me to say that I won’t see you in heaven.

I can’t be your friend anymore.

The Bible won’t let me.

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 7, 2019 at 5:34 pm